The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening

The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Spiritual, and Sexual Awakening


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The Virgin's Promise demystifies the complexities of archetypes and clearly outlines the steps of a Virgin's Journey to realize her dream. The Virgin's Promise describes structural beats that feel incredibly familiar but have not been illustrated in any other screenwriting book. It explores the yin and yang of the Virgin and the Hero as they journey to embrace their power as individuals, and includes a practical guide to putting this new theory into action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932907728
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 287,326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kim Hudson grew up in the Yukon, a father’s daughter with a Cinderella complex. She spent many years exploring her masculine side as a field geologist and a First Nations’ Land Claims negotiator before studying at Vancouver Film School, University of British Columbia, and the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich. Kim’s personal journey and scholarly inquiry combined to develop this theory of the Virgin’s archetypal structure. Over the past four years Kim has given workshops and classes in the Vancouver area on the Virgin’s Promise.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Foreword xi

Preface xvii

Introduction xxii

Part 1

Chapter 1 Archetypal Theory 1

Jungian Theory Basics 3

Fairy Tales and Myths 7

Archetypal Themes 9

The Language of Symbols 18

Comparison of the Virgin and the Hero 20

Chapter 2 The Virgin Archetypal Journey 29

Dependent World 30

Price of Conformity 36

Opportunity to Shine 41

Dresses the Part 46

Secret World 50

No Longer Fits Her World 54

Caught Shining 57

Gives Up What Kept Her Stuck 59

Kingdom in Chaos 65

Wanders in the Wilderness 66

Chooses Her Light 67

Re-Ordering (Rescue) 69

The Kingdom is Brighter 75

Virgin Film Summaries 78

Chapter 3 Anti-Virgin Stories 101

Chapter 4 The Hero Archetypal Journey 106

Ordinary World 107

Call to Adventure 110

Refusal of the Call Meeting with the Guide 114

Crossing the First Threshold 116

Tests, Allies, Enemies 118

Preparations 121

Crisis 121

Reward 122

The Road Back 125

The Final Battle 126

Return with the Elixir 128

Hero Film Summaries 129

Part 2

Chapter 5 Screenplay Structure 145

The Three-Act Structure 146

The Beat Sheet 151

The Central Question 154

Connections 158

Character Profiles and Symbolism 162

Conclusion 179

Appendix 1 Beat Worksheets 185

Appendix 2 Pitch Preparation Worksheet 187

Appendix 3 Character Symbolism Worksheet 188

Selected References 190

About the Author 192

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